Khulumani Support Group invites all South Africans to South African National Dialogue on Reparations
|Issued by: Khulumani Support Group|
[Johannesburg, 4 December 2012]
Khulumani Support Group, with its partners in the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice, meet at Unisa on 5 and 6 December 2012 to finalise a submission to Parliament for developing legislation to take forward the incomplete agenda on reparations for gross human rights violations
On Wednesday and Thursday, 5 and 6 December 2012, the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice will host a National Dialogue on Reparations, Dealing With Our Past & Building Our Future. This historic and long overdue national dialogue will be held at the Dr Mirriam Makeba Auditorium (Unisa Muckleneuk Campus, in Pretoria).
The national dialogue on reparations will bring together survivors and victims with policy makers, government officials, NGOs, religious leaders, concerned community members and some international experts. The national dialogue takes place at a critical point in South Africa’s post-apartheid path with the adoption of the National Development Plan 2030, which reminds all citizens that our progress towards eliminating poverty and reducing inequality needs to begin with effectively redressing the socio-economic injustices of the past so that every proud South African is enabled to participate in their own development and growth.
The South African Coalition for Transitional Justice comprises civil society organisations seeking to ensure that processes of truth, reconciliation and justice are respected and fully implemented in the South African post-apartheid context. The members of the coalition recognise the shortcomings of the TRC and remain committed to the recognition of the rights and needs of the survivors of South Africa's oppressive history during this reconciliation month.
South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy was facilitated by the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC),which was given life through the legislative provisions of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, 1995. Its purpose was to investigate politically motivated gross human rights violations perpetrated between 1960 and 1994 to prevent the re-occurrence of these atrocities and to contribute to unifying a divided country.
The objectives of the South African national dialogue on reparations will be to:
* Mark 10 years since the first National Civil Society dialogue on reparations, held in Randburg in August 2003, and to review progress and advances in keeping faith with the transitional agreements that were made towards restoring their legitimacy;
According to the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice, the “national dialogue will provide space to listen to the impact of non-delivery on reparations on survivors and victims and to develop a plan for an inclusive approach to reparations among critical role players and stakeholders, both in the state and in civil society".
The South African national dialogue on reparations aims at the following outcomes based on state commitment and responsibility to protect and promote human rights:
* Securing consensus on the need to revisit reparations as the tool for the social inclusion of survivors and victims of apartheid atrocities;
For pre and post interviews, please contact the following spokespersons from SACTJ:
Khulumani Support Group: Marjorie Jobson (082) 268 0223 and Nomarussia Bonase (082) 751 9903
Issued by: South African Coalition for Transitional Justice (SACTJ)